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Gene Austin

Vocalist and songwriter who all pioneered the crooning design popularized by Frank Sinatra and whose tune “The Lonesome Street” became a typical. He was raised learning piano, electric guitar, and performing in the cathedral choir near Shreveport, Louisiana. After obtaining an audition using the Victor Record Firm, he impressed Nat Shilkret, the musical movie director, that he released Austin’s music. He was created Lemeul Eugene Lucas in Gainesville, Tx, simply north of Dallas, borrowing his stage name from his stepfather, Jim Austin. When asked how he developed the crooning design, he reportedly stated he was attempting to assume how Al Jolson’s mom utilized to croon to him.

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